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Quote: Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside -- remembering all the times you've felt that way. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside -- remembering all the times you've felt that way.


Quote: If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it's your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it's your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.


Quote: People are not good to each other. Perhaps if they were our deaths would not be so sad. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

People are not good to each other. Perhaps if they were our deaths would not be so sad.


Quote: It's all overrated, man. Sex is only a great thing if you're not getting any. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

It's all overrated, man. Sex is only a great thing if you're not getting any.


Quote: I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it.


Quote: My spoon was bent so that if I wanted to eat I had to pick the spoon up with my right hand. If I picked it up with my left hand, the spoon bent away from my mouth. I wanted to pick the spoon up with my left hand. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My spoon was bent so that if I wanted to eat I had to pick the spoon up with my right hand. If I picked it up with my left hand, the spoon bent away from my mouth. I wanted to pick the spoon up with my left hand.


Quote: Sometimes all we need to be able to continue alone
are the dead
rattling the walls
that close us in. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Sometimes all we need to be able to continue alone
are the dead
rattling the walls
that close us in.


Quote: Simplicity is always the secret, to a profound truth, to doing things, to writing, to painting. Life is profound in its simplicity. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Simplicity is always the secret, to a profound truth, to doing things, to writing, to painting. Life is profound in its simplicity.


Quote: I wish to weep
but sorrow is
stupid.
I wish to believe
but belief is a
graveyard. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I wish to weep
but sorrow is
stupid.
I wish to believe
but belief is a
graveyard.


Quote: Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can't even cry. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can't even cry.


Quote: People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.


Quote: The empty, the angry, the lonely, the tricked, we are all museums of fear. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The empty, the angry, the lonely, the tricked, we are all museums of fear.


Quote: She slammed the door and
was gone.
I looked at the closed door
and at the doorknob
and strangely
I didn't feel
alone. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

She slammed the door and
was gone.
I looked at the closed door
and at the doorknob
and strangely
I didn't feel
alone.




Quote: My heart is a thousand years old. I am not like other people. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My heart is a thousand years old. I am not like other people.


Quote: Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.


Quote: The courage it took to get out of bed each
morning
to face the same things
over and over
was
enormous. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The courage it took to get out of bed each
morning
to face the same things
over and over
was
enormous.


Quote: Life's as kind as you let it be. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Life's as kind as you let it be.


Quote: My mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: Henry, smile!
why don't you ever smile?
and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: Henry, smile!
why don't you ever smile?
and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw.


Quote: I never met another man I'd rather be. And even if that's a delusion, it's a lucky one. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I never met another man I'd rather be. And even if that's a delusion, it's a lucky one.


Quote: Some moments are nice, some are
nicer, some are even worth
writing
about. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Some moments are nice, some are
nicer, some are even worth
writing
about.


Quote: I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get.




Quote: I think that the world should be full of cats and full of rain, that's all, just cats and rain, rain and cats, very nice, good night. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I think that the world should be full of cats and full of rain, that's all, just cats and rain, rain and cats, very nice, good night.


Quote: Girls
please give your
bodies and your
lives
to
the young men
who
deserve them
besides
there is
no way
I would welcome
the
intolerable
dull
senseless hell
you would bring
me
and
I wish you
luck
in bed
and
out
but not
in
mine
thank
you. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Girls
please give your
bodies and your
lives
to
the young men
who
deserve them
besides
there is
no way
I would welcome
the
intolerable
dull
senseless hell
you would bring
me
and
I wish you
luck
in bed
and
out
but not
in
mine
thank
you.


Quote: Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don't do it. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don't do it.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don't do it. unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it. when it is truly time, and if you have been chosen, it will do it by itself and it will keep on doing it until you die or it dies in you. there is no other way. and there never was.


Quote: If you're doing it for money or fame, don't do it. If you're doing it because you want women in your bed, don't do it. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

If you're doing it for money or fame, don't do it. If you're doing it because you want women in your bed, don't do it.


Quote: I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. Let's drink more wine!


Quote: Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Being alone never felt right. Sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.


Quote: Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Beware of those who seek constant crowds; they are nothing alone.


Quote: Find what you love and let it kill you. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Find what you love and let it kill you.


Quote: When I say that basically writing is a hard hustle, I don't mean that it is a bad life, if one can get away with it. It's the miracle of miracles to make a living by the typer. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

When I say that basically writing is a hard hustle, I don't mean that it is a bad life, if one can get away with it. It's the miracle of miracles to make a living by the typer.


Quote: I am a dangerous man when turned loose with a typewriter. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I am a dangerous man when turned loose with a typewriter.


Quote: In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see.


Quote: I have not worked out my poems with a careful will, falling rather on haphazard and blind formulation of wordage, a more flowing concept, in a hope for a more new and lively path. I do personalize at times, but this only for the grace and elan of the dance. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I have not worked out my poems with a careful will, falling rather on haphazard and blind formulation of wordage, a more flowing concept, in a hope for a more new and lively path. I do personalize at times, but this only for the grace and elan of the dance.


Quote: The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you'll live 10 times longer than if you have 10. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It's truly ridiculous. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you'll live 10 times longer than if you have 10. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It's truly ridiculous.


Quote: Somebody once asked me what my theory of life was, and I said, 'Don't try.' That fits the writing, too. I don't try; I just type. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Somebody once asked me what my theory of life was, and I said, 'Don't try.' That fits the writing, too. I don't try; I just type.


Quote: Never get out of bed before noon. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Never get out of bed before noon.


Quote: I kept writing not because I felt I was so good, but because I felt they were so bad, including Shakespeare, all those. The stilted formalism, like chewing cardboard. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I kept writing not because I felt I was so good, but because I felt they were so bad, including Shakespeare, all those. The stilted formalism, like chewing cardboard.


Quote: I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.


Quote: Even though I write about the human race, the further away from them, the better I feel. Two miles is great; two thousand miles is beautiful. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Even though I write about the human race, the further away from them, the better I feel. Two miles is great; two thousand miles is beautiful.


Quote: I used to live on one candy bar a day -- it cost a nickel. I always remember the candy bar was called Payday. That was my payday. And that candy bar tasted so good, at night I would take one bite, and it was so beautiful. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I used to live on one candy bar a day -- it cost a nickel. I always remember the candy bar was called Payday. That was my payday. And that candy bar tasted so good, at night I would take one bite, and it was so beautiful.


Quote: I have no definite talent or trade, and how I stay alive is largely a matter of magic. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I have no definite talent or trade, and how I stay alive is largely a matter of magic.


Quote: Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot.


Quote: My love is a hummingbird sitting that quiet moment on the bough, as the same cat crouches. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

My love is a hummingbird sitting that quiet moment on the bough, as the same cat crouches.


Quote: I can relax with bums because I am a bum. I don't like laws, morals, religions, rules. I don't like to be shaped by society. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I can relax with bums because I am a bum. I don't like laws, morals, religions, rules. I don't like to be shaped by society.


Quote: You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.


Quote: The thing that I fear discriminating against is humor and truth. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The thing that I fear discriminating against is humor and truth.


Quote: To do a dull thing with style-now that's what I call art. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

To do a dull thing with style-now that's what I call art.


Quote: The female loves to play man against man. And if she is in a position to do it, there is not one who will resist. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

The female loves to play man against man. And if she is in a position to do it, there is not one who will resist.


Quote: If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.


Quote: We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar.


Quote: Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.


Quote: Writers have to put up with this editor thing; it is ageless and eternal and wrong. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Writers have to put up with this editor thing; it is ageless and eternal and wrong.


Quote: I don't like the clean-shaven boy with the necktie and the good job. I like desperate men, men with broken teeth and broken minds and broken ways. They interest me. They are full of surprises and explosions. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

I don't like the clean-shaven boy with the necktie and the good job. I like desperate men, men with broken teeth and broken minds and broken ways. They interest me. They are full of surprises and explosions.


Quote: Joan of Arc had style. Jesus had style. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Joan of Arc had style. Jesus had style.


Quote: If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose.


Quote: Humanity, you never had it to begin with. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Humanity, you never had it to begin with.


Quote: Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities.


Quote: There will always be something to ruin our lives, it all depends on what or which finds us first. We are always ripe and ready to be taken. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

There will always be something to ruin our lives, it all depends on what or which finds us first. We are always ripe and ready to be taken.


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